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Joy in Procrastinating

The first class of Monday morning , the week after spring break , made me realize that I was not ready for it. I was feel­ing drowsy and longed for little more rest and relax­ation.

Fortunately, the profes­sor didn’t show up and lec­ture was cancelled. I was overwhelmed with happi­ness, but the day had just begun and there were still other lectures to attend.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t overcome the habit of pro­crastination acquired during the short spring recess.

Sometimes, I blame the weather for being so dull and for making me feel sleepy. Also, expecting the onset of spring season, but still experiencing snow, cre­ates a weary ambience.

Don’t worry about be­ing a procrastinator, because everyone procrastinates at some time or another. But postponing things intention­ally or habitually to the last minute can become a part of our lives.

We all have important deadlines to prepare for ex­ams or complete papers and projects. Yet the moment we get caught up playing video games or messing around on smart phones for hours or even wasting time on so­cial networking websites, we delay our work. And as the deadline approaches, we become agitated and start working on it in a rush to finish it.

We try to save our time with multi-tasking, though. Something like checking emails while on the com­mute from home to the classes is just one example.

Sometimes this time is used to listen to music to relax our minds or to pay off bills. Basically, we have learned to use time efficient­ly by getting the most out of the least through multi-tasking.

But in reality, this is pro­crastination. We don’t find the time to view our urgent tasks, as the inessential tasks rule over us. Regardless of the tasks ahead, we try to put it off and finish it in the nick of time.

The most important rea­son for the procrastinating attitude is freedom, which we receive when we enter college. We take it for grant­ed in the name of responsi­bility.

We keep a belief that we will complete our work soon, but the time continues to pass and we lag behind.

According to the facts, procrastination is not con­sidered a bad thing. And there are arguments for it. Researches and scientists say that there are two kinds of procrastination: active and passive.

If I have a realization that work is being unduly de­layed and I am engrossed in doing something — which I consider more valuable in­stead — then it is active pro­crastination. If I just sit on the sofa or lie in bed doing nothing, then it is passive procrastination and clearly is a bad thing.

But sometimes it is ben­eficial to delay things to the later stage and plan for the last minute work. We’ll al­ways have more things to do than we possibly can do, so putting off some tasks is necessary. We can then try to divide our time to fit the task accordingly.

Don’t be afraid of be­ing a procrastinator as it depends upon you and your task. So, procrastinate now, but don’t put it off too long!

Shaurya is a senior ma­joring in computer engi­neering and minoring in computer science.

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